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Laspaz 09-09-2013 12:00 AM

Budget Build 36"

I will try my first post again as it hasn't been cleared by admin/got lost.

I am hoping to tap into the wisdom available here and post my build as it progresses. I am based in New Zealand and want to whip up a basic pompeii style oven on a limited budget.

I am going to base it on a wood stand set on pavers. I can post some photos once this has been approved from admin.

I do have about 30 fire brick tiles that were surplus from a commercial wood fired pizza oven build in a nearby city that I plan to use for my oven floor. I have also salvaged some old orange clay bricks that came from a chimney on a 1920's house. These will be used for the dome, arches and chimney.

I have lots of photos and more to say but want to make sure this post makes it to the forum first.



pfennigthecat 09-09-2013 12:45 PM

Re: Budget Build 36"

The first thing that jumped out at me was "on a wood stand." You might want to elaborate on this a bit more -- these ovens are heavy and hot, not always the best for wood ;)

Which isn't to say it won't work (e.g. if the wood is well insulated from the hot bits), but I'd hesitate to have something that would rot out from under that much work even if it takes years.

Laspaz 09-09-2013 12:57 PM

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Thanks for the welcome :)

I am planning (going to buy the lumber in a couple of hours) to build something like in the photos below.

I will be happy to get 10 years from the oven. Anything extra would be considered a bonus.

The wood will be isolated from the fire by 12" (4"concrete, 4"insulation and 4" oven floor) Hopefully that should take care of any fire risk.

Here are the photos I am basing it on:

cobblerdave 09-09-2013 01:17 PM

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Sorry my attempt at a link on the phone has not worked out but here's an oven that is is still being completed on a wood stand. It's in the same section as yourself. Awaiting you pics
Regards dave

Rockland County, NY 36" build with pictures.

Laspaz 09-09-2013 10:35 PM

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Well I built the stand today and have photos to post. Also photos of the brick I have etc. Needing moderator permission for every post is making things difficult. How many posts do I need before I can start posting info and photos?



Laspaz 09-09-2013 10:50 PM

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Oooh that worked so I will try a longer post with photos.

I started by digging out an area of grass sufficient to lay 9 large pavers. I had no access to gravel so spent a day smashing up old concrete to put down as a base. I then covered with sand and set the pavers. Time will tell if this foundation is good enough to bear the weight of the oven.

The stand is built from pressure treated wood (4x4 posts, 2x6's, and fence boards) It is screwed together and bolted through the posts and 2x6's. Hopefully heavy duty enough to do the trick.

I would say most the brick pizza ovens I see here in New Zealand have a wood base. It may not last as long but a traditional base was going to cost me $500 which is outside the budget. The supplies for the wood stand cost $280.

I Purchased some fire brick tiles from a guy that built a commercial wood fired oven in a close city. They were surplus to his build and just what I needed (thought I needed) for my oven floor. I got them for $1 each and they are 11" x 7" but only 1" thick.

My dome bricks are 1920's clay chimney bricks. I wasn't sure they would work for my oven but I had a couple of old proper fire bricks also. When I broke one of each with a hammer they broke in the same manner and had the same texture inside. I have a photo of that also.

So the plan in a 36" budget build with homebrew mortar. Hopefully with your guidance I can scrape together something better that my BBQ with a pizza stone.


Bevan :)

Laspaz 09-09-2013 10:56 PM

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Photos of progress so far

Laspaz 09-09-2013 11:05 PM

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Photos of base etc

Laspaz 09-09-2013 11:08 PM

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Photos of bricks

Laspaz 09-09-2013 11:13 PM

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Some ovens on wood stands

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